Festival holidays

For us, festivals are the smell of incense, the fizz of fireworks and the squelch of a fresh tomato. They arrive with the thunder of bespeckled dancers and wind down like a Munich beer hall hangover. They’re the lantern-lit, confetti-filled, mud-slinging reminder that life is there to be enjoyed to the max, and that there’s no such thing as too much fun in the name of pomp and ceremony.

From the holy waters of the Ganges and the graveyards of Mexico to the tulip fields and orange groves of Europe, festival season never truly dies – and we’ve got your private pass all ready to go. It’s time to strap on your sandals, loosen your lederhosen and dive right in.

Festival trips in Asia

USD $2,780
CAD $3,370
AUD $3,560
EUR €2,310
GBP £1,820
NZD $3,825
ZAR R40,855
CHF FR2,560
Travel to Mongolia and discover a remote patch of the earth seemingly untouched by time. Visit homestays, ancient...
USD $2,040
CAD $2,470
AUD $2,610
EUR €1,695
GBP £1,335
NZD $2,795
ZAR R29,950
CHF FR1,875
Travel to Egypt and experience the history and culture of the land of the pharaohs on a tour from Cairo, through...
USD $2,300
CAD $3,010
AUD $3,180
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,590
NZD $3,420
ZAR R36,540
CHF FR2,300
Carnival, the famous festival of Rio de Janeiro, is the greatest party on earth! Join the fun with Intrepid and visit...
USD $1,420
CAD $1,860
AUD $1,970
EUR €1,280
GBP £985
NZD $2,120
ZAR R22,630
CHF FR1,420
Join Carnival, the greatest party on earth! The famous festival of Rio de Janeiro is an unmissable event. Amid...
USD $1,445
CAD $1,750
AUD $1,850
EUR €1,195
GBP £945
NZD $1,995
ZAR R21,230
CHF FR1,330
From Bucharest to Sibiu, Sighisoara to Brasov get beneath the history, mythology and culture of Romania and...

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Festival guide: why you need to see a ‘mini Naadam’ in Mongolia

Posted on Mon, 16 May 2016

Travellers keen to experience a truly authentic Naadam Festival shouldn't be discouraged. They just need to know where to look.

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Our guide to Egypt’s Abu Simbel Sun Festival

Posted on Wed, 4 May 2016

It’s one of the more Indiana Jones-style things you can actually do in a world of pop-tarts and microwaves and Miley Cyrus.

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Traveller stories: marching in the Tel Aviv Pride

Posted on Wed, 27 Apr 2016

One guy's experience of the biggest, proudest party in the Middle East.

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Carnaval beyond Rio: 3 other places to join the world’s biggest street party

Posted on Tue, 9 Feb 2016

Thing is, much as Cariocas (Rio locals) would love have you think it elsewise, Rio isn’t the only town to which Carnaval comes.

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Behind the masquerade: The untold stories behind the world’s great festivals

Posted on Wed, 28 Oct 2015

Many of the world’s festivals go way back to the olden days. How much do you know about their backstories?

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Nepal festival guide: five Himalayan parties you need to see

Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2015

Time your Nepal trip just right and you could have the ultimate mountain send-off (or welcome back) – we’re talking street dancing, candle lighting, dog worshipping fun (that last one is totally true).

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Hate rats? Look away now. We found India’s strangest festivals

Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015

India is home to a mind-bendingly huge number of people (a cheeky 1.25 billion), markets, foods, cuisines, dialects, regions and religions… Oh, and festivals. Did I mention festivals?

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7 reasons to choose Ladakh over the rest of India

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Ladakh translates as ‘Land of the high passes’, and we've got 7 good reasons you should definitely pass through next time you're in India.

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Backstage pass: 8 of the best festivals in Asia

Posted on Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Shakespeare once said, ‘The sauce to meat is ceremony; meeting were bare without it.’ Basically this translates to, ‘Festivals, they’re pretty cool, eh?’ And those Elizabethans really knew how to party, so I’m inclined to agree with his opinion. Ceremonies and festivals are the cultural glue that binds us as people.

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Russia’s winter wonderland

Posted on Fri, 1 Aug 2014

One of the stereotypes about winter in Russia is that it's cold and therefore somewhere travellers should avoid; but the truth is quite the opposite!

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How to live through Day of the Dead

Posted on Sun, 20 Jul 2014

These top travel tips will help you survive the deathly trip of a lifetime at Day of the Dead festival in Mexico.

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Partying like it’s 2070 in Nepal

Posted on Thu, 17 Jul 2014

Stepping off the plane into the midnight air of Kathmandu, a wave of excitement rolled over Tom Svensen. A new destination, new sights and of course a new culture was […]

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Dance ’til you drop: these are 6 must-see festivals in Central America

Posted on Tue, 27 May 2014

Whether you're after a raucous street party, holy vigil or flamboyant parade, there is a festival to enjoy every month in Mexico and Central America.

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Springtime in Japan: how blooming wonderful

Posted on Tue, 20 May 2014

Travelling to Japan? Try and time your visit with the cherry blossom season. Even if you're not big on nature, this is something you've got to see.

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Mixing it up in Peru

Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2014

Why have fountains flowing with water when they could be splashing about in the country’s national drink? Yes, Peruvians are so passionate about their beloved Pisco that on the first […]

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Wet forecast for Thailand

Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2013

"As I neared Koh San Road at 10 am, the festival became evident. In no time I was saturated..."

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Chanting, yak butter and chhaang

Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2013

"The smiles of the Tibetan faces were the most delightful and happy grins that I could ever hope to reproduce myself..."

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Move to the beat of Morocco

Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2012

"The Festival de Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde (Gnawa and World Music Festival) was without question my most amazing concert experience!..."

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Marathon effort in Croatia

Posted on Thu, 13 Dec 2012

"I stepped off the train from Zagreb and was greeted by my good friend Ivan, with news that I was in time for Surduk..."

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Nepal’s night of Shiva

Posted on Wed, 12 Dec 2012

"The festival is filled with surprises, beauty, spirituality, depth and peace..."

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No time to sleep in Barcelona

Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2012

"I arrived in Barcelona in late September and immediately fell for this remarkable city..."

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Cambodia honours its ancestors

Posted on Thu, 26 Jul 2012

"I would like to invite you to my home - Cambodia - in September for one of the most important festivals in the Khmer calendar..."

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Festival afloat in Thailand

Posted on Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Every year, Thai people carefully place lights, flickering candles and ornate lanterns on lotus and swan-shaped krathongs...

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Being part of the worlds biggest party

Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2012

"It was a sight so out of this world that I'm still getting flashes of the colour and vibrancy of the most amazing four hours of my life..."

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